Roman Polański. Actor.Dyrector.


The exhibition entitled „Roman Polański. Actor. Director” prepared by the Museum of Cinemtography in Łódź is a presentation of the achievements of one of the most outstanding and best known of Polish film makers.

Tuesday 19 October 2010, 5:00 pm — Thursday 20 January 2011

Exhibition hall of the Polish Institute

Budapest, VI. Nagymező u. 15

The exhibition entitled „Roman Polański. Actor. Director” prepared by the Museum of Cinemtography in Łódź is a presentation of the achievements of one of the most outstanding and best known of Polish film makers, whose fame and popularity in world cinema are owed to such films as : Knife in the Water, Cul-de-sac, Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, Tess, and The Pianist.
The work of Roman Polański has been displayed in posters, photographs, still photos from films which he directed and in which he appeared as an actor. It is a unique collection of archive material which has not been shown in Poland before, consisting mostly of photographs from film sets from Roman Polański’s archive, supplemented by materials received from the director’s friends: Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Kostenko, Gene Gutowski, Leopold Rene Nowak and others. The most interesting are those which show Roman Polański at work. They are presented chronologically, beginning with student films made at the Film School and ending with the most recent productions. They are the work of exceptional cinematographers – Jerzy Lipman, Andrzej Kostenko, Witold Sobociński, Andrzej Kondratiuk and remarkable photographers – Guy Ferrandis and Piotr Bujnowicz.
The exhibition will give viewers a chance to see photographs of Roman Polański as an actor who revealed his acting talent quite early. At the age of 14 he appeared in radio programmes for children and made his first steps on the stage. In later years he frequently took roles as an actor in films. He has played in his own films beginning with student films made in the Łódź film school and in feature films such as The Tenant and Dance of the Vampires. He has played character roles in films of his director friends: in the films of Andrzej Wajda (A Generation, Lotna, Innocent Sorcerers, Samson), Andrzej Munk (Bad Luck), Janusz Morgenstern (See You Tomorrow). He has been invited to play film roles by world famous directors. He has appeared in A Pure Formality alongside Gerard Depardieu, in Michel Blanc’s film Dead Tired, in Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour 3 and in Antonio Luigi Grimaldi’s Quiet Chaos(2008). The last Polish film in which he has appeared is Revenge by Andrzej Wajda where he played the unforgettable role of Papkin, in which his acting was a notable success. Additionally, in this part of the exhibition, viewers will be able to view a multimedia presentation of selected film character roles played by Roman Polański. Apart from photographs the exhibition will include a unique collection of film posters from the outstanding collection compiled by the Museum of Cinematography in Łódź. This consists of over 190 posters from all over the world: from the USA, Japan, Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, Russia, Hungary, France and Germany. These underline the popularity of both the Polish director and of his films in other parts of the world. The authors of the posters are such great poster artists as Rosław Szaybo, Wiesław Wałkuski and Jan Lenica.
The exhibition is accompanied by a Polish-English publication compiled by Barbara Kurowska, containing comments made by those who have worked with Roman Polański, and with whom Roman Polański has worked as an actor: Gene Gutowski, Amy Sheppard, Jerzy Skolimowski, Allan Starski, Waldemar Pokromski, Andrzej Kostenko, Andrzej Wajda and Janusz Morgenstern. There are also recollections of the director’s friends: Leopold Rene Nowak, Ryszard Horowitz and Wojciech Fibak.
The aim of the exhibition is to present Roman Polański as an outstanding world film-maker, and also a great personality who has at times provoked controversial reactions. He is one of the most fascinating film artists of our times. In the words of his co-film makers, he is genial, charismatic, eccentric, impulsive and non-compromising.

The first presentation of the exhibition will take place at the 34th Festival of Polish Feature Films in Gdynia at the Museum of the City of Gdynia, from the 14th till the 28th September. Next, the exhibition will be shown at the Museum of Cinematography in Łódź from October 2009 till February 2010, after which it will begin a foreign tour to Dusseldorf, Thessaloniki, London, Nuremberg and Budapest.
The exhibition has been financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and by the Polish Film Institute in Warsaw.

Honorary patrons of the exhibition are:
Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage;
Włodzimierz Fisiak, Marshal of the Łódź Voivodship.

Exhibition curators:
Krystyna Zamysłowska, Piotr Kulesza

Art design: Witold Wódka

Exhibition presented by: Museum of Cinematography in Łódź



Year Film    
1955 Zaczarowany rower (also as Bicycle)    
1957 Morderstwo (also as A Murderer)    
Uśmiech zębiczny (also as A Toothful Smile)    
Rozbijemy zabawę (also as Break Up the Dance)    
1958 Dwaj ludzie z szafą (also as Two Men and a Wardrobe)    
1959 Lampa (also as The Lamp)    
Gdy spadają anioły (also as When Angels Fall)    
1961 Le Gros et le maigre (also as The Fat and the Lean)    
Ssaki (also as Mammals)    
1962 Nóż w wodzie (also as Knife in the Water)    
1964 Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (also as The Beautiful Swindlers)—segment: "La rivière de diamants"    
1965 Repulsion    
1966 Cul-de-Sac    
1967 The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, Madam, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck (also as Dance of the Vampires)    
1968 Rosemary's Baby*    
1971 The Tragedy of Macbeth    
1973 What? (also as Diary of Forbidden Dreams)    
1974 Chinatown    
1976 Le Locataire (also as The Tenant)*    
1979 Tess    
1986 Pirates    
1988 Frantic    
1992 Bitter Moon    
1994 Death and the Maiden    
1999 The Ninth Gate    
2002 The Pianist    
2005 Oliver Twist    
2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment Cinéma erotique)    
2010 The Ghost Writer